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Sometimes When You Least Expect it– The Dunlop Issue


So remember the stink I unrolled trying to make a 51 year-old wrong right last year? For months I badgered, whined, danced and pranced, and made myself a general nuisance about the issue of changing the name of the North industrial Park in Carleton Place to what it rightfully should be– named after the Dunlop-Kenny family.

I truly believe that 51 years ago the North Industrial Park name change was promised by Mayor Howard McNeely to the Dunlop-Kenny family after hearing the story from the family.  McNeely really needed that land for the Rolark Cheque company and the Dunlop- Kenny family sold it to the town in a transaction that only took a few days with no questions asked. They also had been promised the new industrial park would be named after the family.

But it never happened until November of 2015. Today going through the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum I came across an obituary of then mayor Howard McNeely, and what was his accomplishments were.


There right in the article were the words:
“Industry was a key interest of Mr. McNeely’s and his work on council reflected that. As mayor one of his priorities was inquiring land from the Dunlop family. The former town Chief Administrative Officer Keith Morris said, adding the land is now the site of the Businees Park North”.

I knew Howard McNeely well, he was  one heck of a top notch salesman one might say. There is no doubt in my mind now that the Mayor probably “promised the world” to the Dunlops/ Kennys for that land– including honouring the family with the name change. But, then again sometimes people offer empty promises, and because Mayor McNeely has long passed we will never know the whole truth. All I know is, if it had not been for Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson, Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn, and Wally Cook this whole ordeal might not have reached our town council.

I am thrilled the town of Carleton Place is finally giving the Dunlop-Kenny family the closure it so deserves. Personally, I don’t respect someone for making a promise, I respect them for keeping it.  So, I am pleased to announce that North Industrial Park name change ceremony will finally be sometime in late April or early May  thanks to the hard work of Jerry Flynn and Brian Doucette. The new sign will be changed later in the year.

Remember our town was built by a generation of settlers and we should never forget that. Making promises and keeping them is a great way to build a town. 



Photo-The Dunlop-Kenny family



The Dunlop House — Saturday is the End of an Era in Carleton Place

A Fond Farewell to Clayton Kenny in 2016

The Name Game —The Dunlops and the North Industrial Park

The Day the Cheque Company Bounced in Carleton Place

Can We Do What’s Right in Carleton Place? The Dunlop Dilemma

A Fond Farewell to Clayton Kenny in 2016



As you know 2015 for me was all about The Dunlops. I am not going to get into the nitty gritty as the stories have been documented. Just know the town of Carleton Place has renamed the North Industrial ParkThe Dunlop Business Park in memory of the Dunlop and Kenny family.

If it had not been for the death of Clayton Kenny and the sale of the Dunlop House I would have never known the story that transpired over 51 years. Major thanks to Jerry Flynn and Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson for all their help in making the name change happen.

Researching a story today I came across a blog called Benched and it had our very own Clayton Kenny as one of the Canadian greats that died in 2015.

Carleton Place should be proud to know that Bill and Pam Kenny have donated some of Clayton’s boxing apparel and pictures to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Hopefully we can get those things in some sort of shadow box to be displayed in the arena this year where it belongs.




July 27, 2015

Clayton Kenny

Clayton Kenny (Quebec Golden Gloves)

Clayton Orten Kenny
Born: December 21, 1928 (Ottawa, Ontario)
Died: June 29, 2015 (Carleton Place, Ontario)

Member: Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame (1984)

For three years in the 1950s, Clayton Kenny reigned as Canada’s amateur lightweight boxing champion.

In 1952, he boxed for Canada at the Olympics at Helsinki. Two years later, he served as captain of the Canadian boxing team competing at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games being held in Vancouver.

Clayton Kenny (Olympic mug)He took up boxing as a teenager while recovering from injuries sustained after being hit by a truck, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Kenny won several Golden Gloves titles in Ontario and Quebec.

In April, 1952, he scored a unanimous decision over Billy Tremblett of London, Ont., to advance to the Canadian Olympic boxing trials being held in Vancouver. In his first lightweight (133 pounds) bout at the trials, he knocked out Ernie Beston of Weyburn, Sask., at 2:35 of the first round. His third bout ended when Norm Jorgensen of Vancouver was unable to come out for the second round. Kenny claimed the national title and a spot on the six-man (later expanded to seven) team dispatched to the Olympics.

“Kenny swept through his tests in flying style, going no further than one round with any of his opponents,” reported Dave Stockand of the Canadian Press.

Money was scarce in those post-war years and sponsorship limited. Low on funds, Kenny and the Canadian boxers took in ironing from other Olympians to finance the journey to Finland, according to an article by Bruce Deachman in the Citizen.

On July 28, 1952, in the Messuhalli (Exhibition Hall) in Helsinki, Kenny scored a technical knock out in the third round when the referee stopped his lightweight (60 kg) bout with Niels Bertelsen of Denmark. The effort was “a workmanlike job,” reported Milt Dunnell of the Toronto Star.

Kenny’s Olympics ended when he lost his second bout, by split decision, to István Juhász of Hungary.

Kenny was inducted into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame in 1984. The hall credits the right-handed lightweight with winning 89 of 103 career bouts.

He was predeceased by Helene (née Dunlop), his wife of 36 years, who died in 1989. He was also predeceased by his twin brother, Lloyd, who was also an amateur fighter.

Clayton Kenny (TCAir Lines)

Clayton Kenny (right)

Clayton Kenny (right) in a lightweight bout against an unidentified challenger. Ottawa Citizen file photo.

Clayton Kenny boxing ad (TorStar, June 7, 1948)

Toronto Daily Star advertisement. June 7, 1948.

We remember Carleton Place’s greats!

Can We Do What’s Right in Carleton Place? The Dunlop Dilemma



I am not going to bore you with the historical facts about the Dunlop and Kenny family in Carleton Place. I am just going to say it goes way back to John Dunlop in 1828 and continued down the line with Olympian Clayton Kenny who made Carleton Place proud. If you have been reading my blogs, both families have lived in Carleton Place longer than a huge group of us put together. They might not have fought the Red Baron like Roy Brown did– but they all supported and lived in our town for years. Last Saturday the Kennys sold the Adam Dunlop house at auction. I cannot imagine how hard it was for a family to sell something that has been in their family for years. Sure, I have heard some of of the negative opinions made by some, but in this day and age life has to go on, even  if you are willing or unwilling.


Many years ago the farmland was sold in an almost overnight agreement to the Town of Carleton Place for our Industrial Park.  Frank Rolph was looking for a place for Rolark Cheque Services, and then Mayor Howard McNeely, “aimed to please” Rolph. McNeely asked Rolph point blank where he wanted to situate his business. Frank Rolph took one look at the map and pointed to the location where The Brick Furniture store currently sits. The story goes that Percy and Anna Dunlop were quickly solicited to sell their farmland at the rear of Townline East, and the completed sale took less than 48 hours. The family has said that in turn they were promised to have that sold land named “Dunlop Industrial Park”.  Town officials beg to differ, and through the years there have been many mentions of the proposed name, but nothing came out of it. So who gave the Dunlops hope that there might be a name change?

Anna and Percy Dunlop sold their former farmland to the town, got paid, received a nice photo, and a firm handshake on the deal. It became the talk of the family for years about the disappointment they felt about the whole ordeal. Bill and John said that their Grandmother, Helene Anna Kenny, had made notes and wrote names on that photo so the family would remember what happened. When they were going through things in anticipation of the house sale Bill and John Kenny found the notes and photo, and the family decided they should pursue the matter with the town of Carleton Place one last time.


Wally Cook, who was on the Carleton Place Industrial Commission at that time as a council rep, was one of the key players in the Dunlop sale. Today, he told me what he remembered. Cook said he had never heard of a proposed name change agreement for the Industrial Park. “The sale of the lower Dunlop property occurred almost overnight when Howard McNeely was mayor in 1964” he said.  Wally also told me he had heard “the same town talk” as I had about the name of the Industrial Park possibly being renamed the “McNeely-Dunlop Industrial Park”. But, nothing ever came out of it. Wally also wants to make it perfectly clear to everyone that the sale went through flawlessly and quickly because the Dunlops were great supporters of the community. They knew how important the Industrial Park was for the town of Carleton Place.

So what legal leg has the Kenny family got to stand on? Not much if you consider all they have are: personal notes, years of family conversation, and a single photo. In all fairness, a street called Dunlop Cres., was named after the family, but I understand where the family is at now. Their father Clayton Kenny is gone, the family home has been sold, they need closure–and we as town need to do what is right and honour what transpired many years ago.

Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson and Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn responded to my initial plea and Jerry brought it before council last night. He got the inquiry delayed so we can gather facts. Meanwhile Bill Kenny is still searching for the legal papers he has long been told about. So what do we do now? I think we need to look to our hearts now, and we as a town should honour the family’s wishes. This whole thing needs to made right,


I understand there are many streets in town with the names of the Founding Fathers, served in local government, or those who would go on to become historically significant for some other reason. From landowners to Founding Fathers, the town’s streets have been named, and renamed, honoring their contributions to our town. The core unit which determines the strength of any society, especially our town, is the family–therefore our council should foster and protect its integrity. Let’s do what is right and honour that handshake of years gone by, by renaming our industrial park after the Dunlop family.

Files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–THANKS SO MUCH!!

Thanks to Wally Cook for his time and information

The Town of Carleton Place Town Council adopted By-law No. 14-64 on August 13, 1964 which purchased the noted land for future industrial purposes.

Who Was Clayton Kenny? Carleton Place’s Pride and Joy


I wrote a piece yesterday about the Dunlop House and why the industrial park should have the Dunlop name on it as it was agreed upon. If this isn’t another reason why– then I just don’t know.

Clayton Orten Kenny (December 21, 1928 – June 29, 2015) was a boxer from Canada, who competed for his native country at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, where he was eliminated in the second round of the Men’s Lightweight (–60 kg) division by István Juhász of Hungary. Kenny was born in Ottawa, Ontario and died in Carleton Place,

Clayton Kenny (1928-2015): Olympian had ‘dynamite in both fists’

Ottawa boxer Clayton Kenny, right, in the ring in April 1952, three months before he represented Canada at the Olympic Games in Helsinki.
Ottawa boxer Clayton Kenny, right, in the ring in April 1952, three months before he represented Canada at the Olympic Games in Helsinki.PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN KENNY.

With three sons each born a year apart, Clayton Kenny’s patience was often tested. John, the middle son, well recalls the expression on his dad’s face when the boys inevitably acted up or did something that upset him.

“When we saw that crazy look, we knew there was a storm coming and we would run. But my mother often said that if he never made it to the Olympics in boxing, he could have made it in running. And not one of the three of us could run faster than him, I can assure you of that. We got what we deserved.”

The look served Kenny especially magnificently in the ring, though, where he was Canada’s top boxer on the team the country sent to Helsinki, Finland, to compete in the 1952 Summer Olympics. He also captained Canada’s squad at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver two years later.

While his Olympic appearance was among the crowning highlights of his boxing career, Kenny was not one to brag about it. Numerous longtime friends who attended his memorial service in early July were surprised to learn of his accomplishments.

“He loved boxing, but he very rarely talked about it,” says John. “He didn’t think what he did was all that special.”

What he listed as the greatest event of his life, in fact, was meeting Helene Dunlop, his high school sweetheart and, until her death in 1989, his wife and mother of their three boys.

Ottawa boxer Clayton Kenny was just 16 when he became the Quebec Golden Gloves champion. He later represented Canada at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.
Ottawa boxer Clayton Kenny was just 16 when he became the Quebec Golden Gloves champion. He later represented Canada at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN KENNY.

Born in 1928 in Ottawa and raised in Fisher Park, near Parkdale and Wellington, Kenny started boxing in secret at the YMCA when he was 14. He’d been seriously injured two years earlier when he was hit by a drunk driver, spending four months in the hospital, and doctors had warned against strenuous physical activity. His parents “just about hit the roof,” says John, when he finally told them he had taken up the sport. But by then the die was cast.

Two years later, he won the Quebec Golden Gloves Championship in the lightweight division. He also won many Ontario titles in his weight class.

In qualifying for the Olympics, he won three fights, all by first-round knockouts, to claim the Canadian lightweight championship. His day job at the time, following his graduation from Ottawa Technical High School, was as a draftsman with the federal public service. He was forced to take a leave without pay in order to compete at the Olympics. And while his flight and accommodations were paid for, the remaining cost of the trip — an estimated $350, or about $3,150 today — had to come from his own pocket. With corporate sponsorships then unheard of, he and fellow boxers Charlie Chase and Jimmy Saunders came up with an ingenious scheme. From their room at the Olympic Village, they took in and ironed pants and shirts — chiefly, it was reported, belonging to well-heeled U.S. athletes and officials. They earned enough to stay on in Europe for a while after the Games had ended.

The 1952 Olympics were notable for the number of boxers who went on to remarkable professional careers — Hungary’s Laszlo Papp, Swede Ingemar Johansson, Brit Peter Waterman and Americans Spider Webb and Floyd Patterson. Kenny defeated his first opponent, Denmark’s Niels Bertelsen, by TKO before being eliminated by Hungarian István Juhasz.

Outside the ring, Kenny was an avid sportsman, earning his pilot’s license and keeping a Piper float plane at the family’s Mississippi Lake cottage. He love hunting so much, John notes, that when he discovered that the trials for the 1956 Olympic Games were scheduled for hunting season, he thought long and hard about which to pursue.

It was during those trials that Kenny retired for good, after he broke his hand. Figuring he would be too old to compete in the 1960 Games, he hung up his gloves, finally got his battered nose fixed and, to keep his hand in the sport, took to refereeing matches.

He was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, the Greater Ottawa Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame and the RA Centre Hall of Fame.

When he was admitted to the latter, he was described as possessing “dynamite in both fists.” He brought, John adds, a fierceness to his life, until the very end. He died of a heart attack on June 29, in the front yard of his Carleton Place home, while washing his truck.

“He died with his overalls and boots on,” says John. “That’s how he’d have wanted to go.”

Clayton Orten Kenny was 86. His ashes will be buried on Blueberry Hill, outside Calabogie, alongside Helene.



KENNY, Clayton Orten
December 21, 1928 – June 29, 2015
Passed suddenly at home. Beloved husband of the late Helene Anna Kenny (née Dunlop, June 1989) and dear companion of Doris Sadler. Clayton leaves his 3 sons, Jamie (Jackie), John (Leona) and Bill (Pam); his grandchildren Jordan, Katie, Ryan , Andrew, Colton, Kendra and 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his twin brother Lloyd (Joan). Clayton will be missed by many friends and family members of which there are too many to mention. Clayton was a member of Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, The Greater Ottawa Hall of Fame, The RA Hall of Fame and The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. He represented Canada at the 1952 Olympics placing Top 10 in the World and was named Team Captain at the 1954 Pan Am Games. Clayton was an avid outdoors man with strong family values. With his love of Green Lake, he has one more chase to run up Blueberry Mountain! Friends are invited to visit at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, on Thursday, July 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, July 10th at 11 a.m. in the Pinecrest Chapel. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club.
We love you Dad, Grandpa and friend.

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